A drama sparked on Sunday by a report on former National Security Adviser John Bolton drew fire from top Republicans.
“A report in The New York Times revealed a bombshell excerpt from Bolton’s forthcoming book that could prove pivotal in President Trump’s impeachment trial — just as the Amazon product page for the book went live,” Fox 10 Phoenix reported.
“The drama began earlier Sunday when the Times exclusively reported that Bolton’s manuscript included a claim that Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden. Trump told Bolton in August, according to a transcript of Bolton’s forthcoming book reviewed by the Times, ‘that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens,'” Fox 10 continued. “The Times further claimed Bolton had shared a manuscript of his forthcoming book with ‘close associates’ — prompting Bolton’s team to deny the claim, and assert that the National Security Council’s [NSC’s] review process of pending manuscripts is ‘corrupted’ and prone to leaks.
Trump Sunday refuted Bolton’s claims, saying he “NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.”
Trump accused Bolton of trying to “sell a book” and alleged that Bolton never complained publicly or privately about the aid holdup “at the time of his very public termination.”
The media wanted to know if these new developments changed the minds of Republicans over demands to hear Bolton testify.